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- Save the dates for the first Joint Jasig/Sakai Annual Spring Conference!



- uPortal 4.0.3 Released

- uPortal Documentation Highlights

- uMobile 1.1 RC1 Release Announcement



- OpenRegistry 0.8.7 Released

- Simple RSS Portlet 1.1.0 Released

- Sakai Connector Portlet 1.4.0 Released

- Basic LTI Portlet 1.3.0 Released



- ANU launches myANU, the staff and student portal

- Galois extends CAS to help Grid Scientists

- Shibboleth Workshops Planned April 12-13 in Columbia, Missouri




Save the dates for the first Joint Jasig/Sakai Annual Spring Conference!


Date:  10 Jun 2012 - 15 Jun 2012

Location:  Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia


Sunday, June 10 through Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Supplementary half-day Jasig and Sakai Seminars on Sunday, June 10.


This conference will be a joint conference of the Jasig and Sakai communities. Planning is still in the early stages so check back for more information as it becomes available. If you are interested in participating in either the Conference Planning Committee (logistics) or the Conference Program Committee (content) please contact Patty Gertz at ed at, or Ian Dolphin at iandolphin at









uPortal 4.0.3 Released


Jasig is proud to announce the general audience release of uPortal 4.0.3. This release introduces a Portal Event Logging framework which handles aggregation and purging of portal events to provide useful statistical reports. There have also been several significant performance improvements thanks to folks who are actively working to deploy 4.0. uPortal is now using Hibernate 4.0, Spring 3.1, and Ehcache 2.5, keeping our major libraries up to date and allowing deployers to take advantage of new features.


Important Update Notes


There are a few new tables in 4.0.3. To add these tables run ant db-hibernate-update once you have the 4.0.3 source installed.



[UP-3275] - Create delegating TaskScheduler

[UP-3285] - Add @RequestCache Annotation

[UP-3301] - Simplify cache region naming when using BaseJpaDao

[UP-3312] - When exporting, detect corrupt layouts and do not include them

[UP-3319] - Replace old sequence generators with Hibernate's TableGenerator


New Feature

[UP-2603] - Statistical Analysis Tool

[UP-3274] - Create helper redirection service to allow linking to other portlets

[UP-3324] - Add mobile skinning resources for campus life portlets

[UP-3325] - Add mobile icons for campus life portlets



[UP-3098] - Ensure that all messages in XSL, JSP and JavaScript files are internationalizable

[UP-3299] - Create import/export handler for event aggregation config

[UP-3309] - Upgrade Hibernate & Spring



Release Notes:


Maven artifacts have been published but may take up to 12 hours to reach the central maven repository.


-Eric Dalquist




uPortal Documentation Highlights


As the community is getting more involved in the latest uPortal release, please keep in mind the documentation. If there are any areas that you feel need to be clarified or if you feel that there are topics you wish to see in the manual, please share your ideas. You can  also create a JIRA ticket if there are any issues that you spot in the manual



This month we have had one new entry in the manual, "Preview New [database] Schema" (, written by Tim Carroll from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This manual page describes how to preview the new uPortal 4 database schema, which may be helpful to those in the community wishing to glance at the database structure or upgrade.


If you would like to volunteer and write a new entry, please send me some information and I can work with you to get it up in the manual.


There are many ways you can volunteer towards the documentation.

   - Proofreading

   - New content

   - Ideas

   - Take ownership of a JIRA documentation ticket



Anyway you can assist will be very much appreciated.


Please feel free to contact me on the mailing list or email directly at


Many Thanks,

Laura McCord

uPortal Documentation Coordinator

Southwestern University




uMobile 1.1 RC1 Release Announcement


Jasig is proud to announce the first release candidate of uMobile version 1.1.  This update expands on the 1.0 release with bug fixes, new content, and an alternate list-based home screen view.


The 1.1 update includes:


* Performance improvements

* Map categories and browsing

* Shibboleth authentication

* Alternate list-based home screen view

* Intra-module links display map and directory information

* New content modules

* Dining hall menus

* Sports scores and news

* Computer lab availability

* Laundry machine availability


Downloads are available from:

Release notes are available at:

Documentation is available at:





OpenRegistry 0.8.7 Released


The OpenRegistry Project is pleased to announce its next release, OpenRegistry 0.8.7.


This is Rutgers Certification Release 3. 


You can find the complete release notes for this release


Please download it from the release tag


Soon this release will be available in the Jasig Maven repository




Simple RSS Portlet 1.1.0 Released


I am very pleased to announce that the Simple RSS portlet has had an update and is released as version 1.1.0.


This portlet simply renders RSS/Atom feeds, but can support a wide range of media and configurations.


This release includes support for media attached to an RSS feed, the ability to lock individual preferences by an administrator and an improved UI for reading the feeds.


This portlet is running in production in the Australia National University‘s portal,, based on uPortal 3.2.4.


For downloads, configuration, screenshots and all other information, head to the Jasig wiki:


Steve Swinsburg




Sakai Connector Portlet 1.4.0 Released


I am very pleased to announce that the Sakai connector portlet has had an update and is released as version 1.4.0.


This portlet allows you to render tools from your Sakai environment inside uPortal. It is completely configurable, and each user can choose a tool from any of their Sakai sites to display in the portal. It uses a combination of web services and and implementation of the IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability specification to connect you to Sakai from within uPortal.


This release includes an improved Basic LTI launch, as well as an improved editing UI for when multiple connector portlets are on screen at once.


This portlet is running in production in the Australia National University‘s portal,, based on uPortal 3.2.4.


For downloads, configuration, screenshots and all other information, head to the Jasig wiki:


Steve Swinsburg




Basic LTI Portlet 1.3.0 Released


I am very pleased to announce that the Basic LTI Portlet has had an update and is released as version 1.3.0.


This is a portlet that implements the IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability specification and allows you to render any Basic LTI enabled application inside uPortal (or any other JSR-168 compliant portlet container). Possibilities include Sakai tools, Peoplesoft components, tools from other LMS’s, collaboration and learning tools, blogs, forums, wikis, the list is endless.


This release includes additional adapters for connecting to Noteflight and Chemvantage, an improved Basic LTI launch when using uPortal, as well as some other minor UI improvements.


This portlet is running in production in the Australia National University‘s portal,, based on uPortal 3.2.4.


For downloads, configuration, screenshots and all other information, head to the Jasig wiki:


Steve Swinsburg





ANU launches myANU, the staff and student portal


I am very proud to announce that The Australian National University has launched myANU, the staff and student portal, based on uPortal 3.2.4 (with updates from the 3.2.5 branch).


Complementing this launch, we have also released our Secure Login service, based on the Central Authentication Service (CAS) 3.4.10.


I have been the architect and lead developer on both of these projects since late 2009. As anyone in a University community knows, the wheels turn slowly, however it is a fantastic day to have both of these projects finally out the door! 


Congratulations also to my development team, David Clarke and Osama Alkadi and previous developers Denny and Jiang Chao as well as the testers and BA's involved and all of those people in the community I have bugged on email and IM.


myANU, together with CAS, will pave the way for a truly integrated online experience for staff and students of the Australian National University, well into the future.


More posts to follow about what services we are offering through the portal. 


Steve Swinsburg

Java Team Leader

Information Technology Infrastructure

The Australian National University




Galois extends CAS to help Grid Scientists


Galois Inc. has been developing extensions to CAS (and mod_auth_cas) which we call the Account Linking Service (ALS), to address the use case of authorizing access to local services based on third-party credentials and attributes, and unifying user attributes from different sources.   We've performed this work with funding from the US Department of Energy, with the focus on enabling DOE scientists using grid computing resources to more conveniently gain access to the diverse collection of systems needed to perform their jobs.  We are currently wrapping up the work to make these extensions available under an open source license.


Account linking allows a user to authenticate in multiple ways and "link" the provided credentials together.  Once credentials are linked, CAS can query each authentication server for user attributes and merge the resulting attributes into a single set for release to the web service being accessed.


The attributes available from various accounts that are linked together sources differ in their names and meanings.  As a result, we must specify how attributes from different authentication services should be "translated" into values which are meaningful in (and consistent with) the local access control policy. To address this, we extended CAS to allow local policy authors to express translation rules in the CAS configuration.  The changes support translation rules including attribute renaming, introducing new

attribute values, or changing existing attribute values.


Galois has also extended CAS with an authentication backend specific to Virtual Organization Membership Service (VOMS), an X.509-based authentication service in use by DOE and the scientific grid community in general.




Shibboleth Workshop Series April 12-13, 2012 – Columbia, Missouri


Register now for the Shibboleth Workshop Series, April 12-13, 2012, at the offices of MOREnet in Columbia, Missouri


Have you decided to deploy a web single sign-on (SSO) system and leverage it to access resources and contracted services through InCommon? Do you need training on installation and support?


Consider attending one or both:

* Shibboleth Identity Provider Workshop on April 12, 2012

* Shibboleth Service Provider Workshop on April 13, 2012


The InCommon Shibboleth Identity and Service Provider Workshops will provide attendees with technical installation and configuration experience with Shibboleth Single Sign-on and Federating Software, version 2. 


Developed for organizations new to Shibboleth and those with existing implementations interested in upgrading to the v2 release, the workshops will offer attendees the chance to:

* Install either a prototype Shibboleth identity or service provider in a virtual machine environment.

* Hear tips for configuring and running the software in production.

* Learn about integration with LDAP directories and selected packages.


AUDIENCE includes higher education and partner organization representatives with knowledge of identity management concepts and related implementation experience. Organizations are encouraged to send one or two attendees who best represent the following functions:


* System install, integration, and ongoing support staff

* Campus technology architects


REGISTER SOON ( to reserve a seat. Participation is limited to maintain program quality. For those staying overnight, there is a list of hotels on the workshop website ( NOTE: There is a separate registration process and fee for each workshop (IdP and SP). If you wish to attend both days, be sure to register for each.


RESOURCES: To learn more about Shibboleth, see the Shibboleth wiki. More information on federated identity can be found at 


THIS SHIBBOLETH WORKSHOP SERIES event is sponsored by InCommon, Internet2, MOREnet, the University of Missouri, and the Great Plains Network.


Valerie M. Vogel

Program Manager, EDUCAUSE

e-mail: vvogel at





Jasig Newsletter - February 2012

 Editor: Mark Rogers ( newsletter at jasig dot org ) 

Online edition at: 

Past editions of the Jasig Newsletter can also be found in the Jasig wiki at: